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Perfect strategy behind USA’s historic cross-country gold

American cross-country skier Jessica Diggins’ strategy couldn’t have worked better. The result was a historic gold medal for the United States in women’s cross-country skiing and a celebration that lasted well into the night. The American team of Diggins and Kikkan Randall set out to win the country’s first Olympic medal of any kind in the sport since 1976 but thoughts quickly turned to gold on the final lap.

Marit Bjoergen ties Winter Olympic record with 13th medal

Marit Bjoergen helped the Norwegian women win the 4x5-kilometer cross-country relay on Saturday to take home her 13th career medal, tying her with Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen for the most Winter Games medals ever.

‘Shirtless’ Tongan skier, others ‘live to fight another day’

One thought crossed Pita Taufatofua’s mind as he maneuvered around the final downhill turn and headed toward the finish line. The “shirtless” Tongan made it cleanly to the finish line in the cross-country ski race. This time in a ski suit. The man who has marched shirtless and oiled up in the last two Olympics didn’t crash and even finished before they closed the course. Those were his two biggest concerns leading up to the race.

‘Super Dario’ pulls off 3-peat in cross-country 15K free

Switzerland’s Dario Cologna has become the first cross-country skier to win three Olympic gold medals in the same event by capturing the 15-kilometer freestyle. “Super Dario,” as he’s known, also won this race in Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi in 2014. His three-peat gives Switzerland its first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Games.

Roundup: Charlotte Kalla wins 1st gold medal of Pyeongchang Olympics

Charlotte Kalla earned the first gold of the Pyeongchang Olympics after winning the women’s 15-kilometer skiathlon by more than 7 seconds over Marit Bjoergen in the first medal event of the Pyeongchang Games. Lim Hyo-jun won the host country’s first gold medal by finishing first in the men’s 1,500-meter short-track speedskating event.

Revisiting the roots of cross-country skiing

Going cross-country is especially suited for multiple skiers. It brings you together for conversation, or not, as you take turns sharing the chore of breaking trail. It’s more conducive to stopping to share a good view or checking out a track, scat or ice formation.

Spokane teen, Sandpoint Olympian are Langlauf cross-country ski race winners

A Spokane teen and an Olympian who lives in Sandpoint won the men’s and women’s divisions in the 2017 Spokane Langlauf 10-kilometer cross country ski race Sunday at Mount Spokane State Park. Brett Ford, 18, averaged nearly 14 mph to finish the course in 27:18, about 3 minutes ahead of the next fastest in the field of 219 skiers.

Therese Johaug given 13-month ban by Norwegian anti-doping agency

Norwegian anti-doping authorities have banned cross-country skier Therese Johaug for 13 months. The ban was backdated to Oct. 18, 2016, meaning Johaug will be back in time for next season’s World Cup races, which are likely to start at the end of November.

Stina Nilsson and Federico Pellegrino win cross-country World Cup sprints

Sweden’s Stina Nilsson and Federico Pellegrino of Italy won the women’s and men’s 1.4-kilometer sprint events in the cross-country skiing World Cup on Saturday. Nilsson won in 3 minutes, 24 seconds, beating Maiken Caspersen Falla of Norway by one-hundredth of a second in a photo finish.